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National Geographic Photographers Bear Witness To Disappearing Traditional African Cultures

Aug 27, 2019

Over the past forty years, author-photographers Carol Beckwith and Andrea Fisher have created the largest visual archive on Africa in the world.  They discuss their work, including their newest book, “African Twilight,” in Aspen on Wednesday.


Beckwith and Fisher have dedicated their careers to documenting traditional African cultures, which they say are disappearing, partly because of development like highways and dams.


Fisher says the two aren’t against modernization; they’re in favor of balance.  

"The closest thing to our heart is to just make awareness of the importance of our traditional cultures and also the importance of taking on the beneficial things in the western world and to find the right recipe is something we feel strongly about," she said.

Beckwith and Fisher want their work to benefit Africans; their goal is to create an online archive for use in African schools and museums. 

They speak about their work at Paepcke Auditorium starting at 5:30 p.m.